Anyone who frequents Collars & Cuffs knows Dorian Forrester is built for pain, including Dorian himself. But everyone has it wrong. For six years, Dorian’s chased a feeling that remains tantalizingly out of his reach. Unteachable, Dorian can take anything and everything a Dom can throw at him. Still, it’s not enough. Dorian needs… something more. Something he won’t find at Collars & Cuffs.
Dorian’s search takes him out of the safe environment he’s known for years, out of his depth, and into a realm of deep, dark trouble.
Alan Marchant has been watching Dorian with interest for a while and knows there’s more to Dorian than his label of “pain slut” suggests. When Dorian disappears, Alan and his friend, Leo, set out to find him. But the disoriented young man discovered cowering in a hotel room is not the Dorian they know and love. That Dorian is shattered. It’s up to Alan to pick up the pieces and show Dorian there are better ways to fly.
They may be off on a new journey together, but their destination will rock them both to the core.
This was a difficult book for me to read. What happens to Dorian at the beginning is so horrific, I actually had to take a break from the story to decompress.
Dorian is impulsive and standoffish. Thus far in the series, he hasn't been portrayed as a sympathetic character. When he messed with Leo and Alex in book 1, I wanted to strangle him.
It's a testament to the emotional depth of this series that Dorian grew on me. In the end, Dorian is just a lost kid who yearns to fly; he makes an impetuous, desperate choice and pays for it dearly.
Alex is a wonderful Dom for Dorian and just what Dorian needs. The connection between these men is electric. Alan is so gentle and patient with Dorian, and gives Dorian proper time to heal.
The sexy in this one is a while in coming. It wouldn't have been right otherwise. Dorian is so hurt, so broken, he needs time to just be and recover emotionally. Alan focuses on sensual play, allowing Dorian to rediscover his senses, to learn to be patient and stay in the moment instead of trying to force himself into sub-space.
But don't be discouraged, because I promise you that when the smexy begins at around 70 percent, it comes hot and heavy, and it's very fulfilling.
This is a lovely portrayal of BDSM, and not at all what you'd expect. That's because every couple, every contract, is different. This series has gone a long ways toward helping me understand the BDSM scene. K.C. really does her research!
Make Me Soar is well written, heartbreaking, and ultimately tender and redeeming.
I loved the ending and firmly believe in Alex and Dorian's forever.